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] >> bill: well, after hearing that, nbc news correspondent norah o'donnell saw racism and presented her case to some colleagues. >> i mean, this is largely a good speech that gingrich's speech not being the party of no. i'm not sure what he means by this particular sound bite. i think it's open to criticism because it suggests that the president is an athlete and some people may suggest, you know, because all black people are good athletes. that's what it sort of sounds like to me. >> how, i didn't get that at all. >> yeah, i didn't get that. >> not by me. >> norah, i will back you up because my eyebrow arched as well. >> bill: that guy mr. cape hart then went on to soften his remarks with the facts that a "washington post" editorial write we're even consider racism in from mr. gingrich's statement is absurd and points out how far left some of the "the washington post" are. i believe americans have had enough of this bogus racism garbage. not only when president obama is criticized but also in the elite media uses a club to bludgeon with anyone whom they disagree. bill clinton was hamme
the danger zone? welcome to the show. norah o'donnell, chief white house correspondent. chuck todd is co-host of "the daily run down." helene cooper from the "new york times" and david ignasheyuss, a columnist. -- ignasheyuss. president obama moved to the center, those moves toward the center may not be motivated but they have a political upside. they preempt republican attacks when he runs for re-election. first, offshore drilling pro text obama. he favors the environment in the way that george bush ridiculed jal gore. >> this guy is so faur off on the environmental extremes we will be up to our neck in outlines and out of -- os and out of work. chris: the surge troop in afghanistan. even vietnam vet john kerry was taken down on that. >> i served with john kerry. ry served with john kerry. he is not honest. >> he is lying. chris: third is obama's debt connection that may protect him from charges. >> these are the actions of an old-style, died in the wool, big spending liberal commit todd a meverngont that spends and spends and taxes and taxes. chris: the numbers don't show it, so he has
in msnbc's norah o'donnell in naoma, west virginia. >> reporter: we're going to get a briefing from the governor of west virginia, governor joe manchin. i spoke with him earlier this morning. he was going to spend the last couple of hours with the family members at the site of the mine. they have suspended the rescue effort for four missing miners because they are concerned about very dangerous methane levels. of course it's a combustible gas. it may have caused this explosion that killed 25 and of course these four missing. what they have got to do now, they have got to get methane gas out of there so rescuers can get in to look for the miners. they are actually drilling a core 1100 feet down which they say is going to take maybe 12 hours so they can release some of that gas so the rescuers will be safe and can get back in. it is a long process in order to do that we're going to hear from the governor in the next hour to give us an update on what's going on. earlier he told me he thought it would be long odds to find those four miners alive. >> norah, thank you for that. the mine h
? >> gut wrenching story, no doubt about it. thank you, norah o'donnell in naoma, west virginia. >>> earlier today, president obama offered his support and condolences to the families of the victims. he spoke at a prayer breakfast in washington, d.c. >> i would ask to the faithful who gathered here this morning pray for the safe return of the missing, the men and women who've put their lives on the line to save them and the souls of those who've been lost in this strategic accident. may they rest in peace and may their families find comfort in the hard days ahead. >> the president also said he had spoken with west virginia governor joe mansion and pledged federal government help in the rescue efforts. federal investigators say that they will leave no stone unturned to find out how this explosion happened. let's bring in former federal mine safety official, bruce dial. good to have you on msnbc this afternoon. can you speak to the violations, the safety infractions that this company had? 57 complaints just in the last month. how could that be overlooked? >> well, when you look at
it norah o'donnell racist sound bite. how can see say no to miller. >> bill: called oprah winfrey. i never made that call. we never talked. does that surprise you? author kitty kelley is under fire for controversial book about oprah. a book she says has frightened the media. miss kelley will be here. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. ♪ >> bill: hi, i'm bill o'reilly, thanks for watching us tonight. another big battle between democrats and republicans. this time over your money. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. on the heels of the divisive health care debate now comes proposed financial reform. i know, it sounds boring. but it's very important to your life. so let me break it down in terms that even i can understand. most americans understand that the current vicious recession was caused in part by greedy wall street companies who trafficked trafficked in bad mortgage deals. that is they irresponsibly a lot of money in hopes of getting high ierest payments back. as we all know that caused layman brothers and other fina
now. it could take up to 12 hours to get that air in. norah o'donnell is in montcoal west virginia this morning. what's the latest on the efforts to try to reach survivors if there are any. >> good morning. the good news is that the drilling has begun. they're going to go down some 1100 feet in order to try to reach four miners still missing. the governor of this state tells meet odds are long that they'll be able to find those miners alive. they were searching for them late last night but they called off the efforts because they were concerned about dangerous methane levels. so as you pointed out, they're going to have to drill a hole down 1100 feet to release some of those gases before rescuers can go back in. listen to how governor mansion described to me what they're concerned about. >> methane levels got so high that it was unanimous they decided no bring them out because it was putting them in harm's way. have you 40 rescuers in there and it's possible you could put all them in jeopardy. >> so now, savannah, there are 25 dead. four missing. at least 1 bodies also still inside
washington and nbc's norah o'donnell. >> railway. >> mm-hmm. >> reporter: tuesday is reading day at brent elementary school. >> got more than three quarters. >> reporter: these students give up recess for some quality time with some of washington, d.c.'s elite, like iowa senator tom harkin and 9-year-old javon carter. the late senator ted kennedy read with lauren swan for three years. now his widow, vicki kennedy, is continuing the tradition. >> he loved this hour on tuesdays. he rearranged his schedule. >> reporter: it is all part of the mission that everybody wins d.c., a privately funded nonprofit group. >> you take the time to read with the child, you do two things. you let that child know that reading is important, and you let that child know that they are important. >> oh, do i need one of those? bradley asked. >> reporter: the power lunch, as the group likes to call it, relies on a simple formula, pair one child with one mentor for one hour every week. and everybody wins. even the mentors. >> look, we could probably argue on this, but i still say we get the most out of it. i said b
. nbc's norah o'donnell reports. >> all right, folks! 8:35. let's start to move in, please! >> reporter: he was a principal who changed children's lives. >> and i'm very, very proud of you. >> reporter: 42-year-old brian betts, once a phys ed teacher, was hand picked two years ago by d.c. public schools chief, michelle rhee, for what seemed like an impossible mission. the goal to transform the underperforming shaw middle school, all part of an overhaul of d.c. public schools. principal betts' message to kids was simple -- as he told tom brokaw last year. >> if you come to this school and do what it is we're instructing you to do, you can pick whatever path you want in this life. and as you're doing that, be nice to each other. >> reporter: betts' love and respect for his students was mutual. >> i used to get into a lot of fights and being very negative. >> reporter: so what changed? >> when changed that? >> mr. betts. mr. betts. i can say mr. betts, he's a very positive person and he has a good attitude and being around people with positive attitudes, it helps bring up your spirit. >> r
missing miners. norah o'donnell is in naoma west virginia this morning. it sounds like hope is waning. >> that's right, chuck. good morning to you. today may be the day we learn the fate of those four missing miners. we heard from governor manchin who said that progress is better and that anticipated. in terms of drilling those bore who else, more than 1,000 feet into the ground, in fact, the first bore hole broke through at 4:15 a.m. this morning down 1,093 feet and then they're going to use these high speed fans in order to suck out the bad air to ventilate out some of that highly combustible methane gas and carbon mo oxide. they've got three other bore holes going in, as well. they're making progress. what's the goal? to make sure it's safe inside that mine. they're doing -- once it is safe and the governor says they may know between 10:00 and 2:00 today, they are going to rush in rescuers to find out what happened to the four missing miners. the families are still hoping for a miracle. the governor told them last night, go home, take a shower, get sting to eat. most of the familie
norah o'donnell joins us now. norah, what's the top of the agenda for this two-day summit today? >> secure loose nukes, which the president said is the number one threat to u.s. national security of the president has arrived here. he's in a bilateral meeting now with king abdullah from jordan. he has a series of meetings today. the white house calls this an unprecedented meeting. a global summit to rally collective action behind securing loose nukes. some 40 countries do have nuclear materials including uranium and plutonium. those can be brought together to make a bomb. the president said yesterday al qaeda is trying to get its hands on a nuclear weapon. this is not just kind of a feel-good summit, too. this is a very big deal. there's a lot of security, a lot of leaders from 47 different countries. the idea is at the end of this two-day summit they will come together with a communique. they hope it's not a vague statement but some specifics about how to secure the loose nukes. the goals are lofty but at the same time limited. why? they are only talking about securing securing
. >>> let's head back to norah o'donnell. she's at the site of the coal mining incident in west virginia. norah. >> reporter: we're going to hear from the governor of this state joe manchin shortly. he's just been with the families of those 25 miners who were killed. he's been at the mine site to try to find how the drilling is going where they try to rescue the four trapped miners. was this mine safe? was it able to operate despite questions about its safety. all that coming up. [ crowd cheering ] [ male announcer ] competition... it pushes us to work harder. to be better. to win. but sometimes even rivals realize they share a common goal. america's beverage companies have removed full-calorie soft drinks from schools, reducing beverage calories by 88%. together with schools, we're helping kids make more balanced choices every day. ♪ she was my great role model,re b anymy grammy keaton.e.ay. it was pretty much of a shock for us when she got colon cancer. we were -- none of us were prepared for that. here's the deal, and this is the bottom line here -- colorectal cancer is the second-l
angeles, and chicago remain the three most pop ypopulous areas. >>> nbc's norah o'donnell shows us a power lunch hour that helps young people learn how to love to read. >> reporter: tuesday is reading day at this elementary school. >> she got more than three quarters. >> good. >> reporter: these students give up recess for some quality time with some of washington, d.c.'s elite, like iowa senator tom harkin and 9-year-old javon carter. >> right? yeah. >> reporter: the late senator ted kennedy read with one every week for three years. >> apostrophe because it's possessive. >> reporter: his widow, vicky kennedy, is continuing the tradition. >> he loved this hour on tuesdays. he rearranged his schedule. >> reporter: it's all part of the mission of everybody wins d.c., a privately funded nonprofit group. >> you take the time to read with a child, you do two things -- you let that child know that reading is important and you let that child know that they are important. >> oh, do i need one of those, bradley asked. >> reporter: the power lunch, as the group likes to call it, relies on a simple f
you. >> nice to meet you, savannah guthrie. >> you have your own show. i had no idea. >> norah o'donnell, pat buchanan, sam stein from "the huffington post." this is an a-list party. >> joe and mika are here. a lot to talk about. we've been talking about it all morning because we wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m., gordon brown -- >> is this the end for gordo? >> it's too short of time to come back. that's one of his working class ladies, i'm afraid, he called a bigot. not good. i would say he's in big trouble. >> we'll talk about that, play it, replay it, outdo ourselves. give the people what they want. let's get to fews at 6:00 a.m. >>> the coast guard is warning the oil spill in the gulf of mexico may be five times worse than previously thought. it comes after officials say they skovd a significantly new leak at the site where a drilling rig exploded and sank last week. >> this is not an exact science when you estimate the amount of oil. however, noaa is telling me they prefer we use 5,000 barrels a day as from what's leaked from this well and will continue to leak until bp secures the sour
into the picture. >> so you don't think you wrecked his home? >> i do not believe i wrecked his home. >> norah o'donnell nbc's chief washington correspondent. norah, i think like a lot of people i was glued to that interview. it was the last 10 minutes when she would not discuss her current relationship with john edwards that i thought -- it was crazy. i'm just going to be crazy. it was a very strange moment. >> you were glued to the tv like i was, honey. >> she talked about their sex tape and love and then oprah said are you still koeg, i don't want to talk about that. >> this is fascinating on a number of different levels. let's talk currently about the state of their relationships. rielle hunter says she loves john edwards, she thinks john edwards still loves her. when asked if the relationship is going on. rielle hunter said she deserves a zone of privacy. they have a 2-year-old daughter. john edwards is paying child support, paying rielle hunter. he does not approve of her speaking out on oprah but would allow her to do it. he didn't like those photos she gave to gq where she was half naked without
the relationship stands now. nbc's norah o'donnell has all the details. hey, norah, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, hoda. reial hunter went on "oprah" to talk about what she called john edwards' life of integrity. john and elizabeth edwards are now separated but reial hunter strongly denies that she broke up their marriage. >> a lot of people bought into the myth of the marriage. the edwards marriage as being a storybook story and it was so perfect and so wonderful and i destroyed it. >> reporter: reial hunter says it was not her fault that the edwards' marriage fell apart. >> people aren't property. you can't steal someone else's husband. >> reporter: but last year in an interview with oprah, elizabeth edwards said hunter seduced her husband. >> i blame john but i also -- of course, women need to have more respect for other women. >> reporter: hunter claims she and john edwards were drawn together like a magnetic force at a chance meeting in new york. >> he was just so excited. i mean just lit up like a christmas tree. white lights, just like bright as can be. and i just turned to h
to msnbc's norah o'donnell live with the story. norah? >> reporter: good morning. today is the day we may learn the fate of those four missing miners. the governor of this state said yesterday that we may know between 12:00 and 2:00 today whether those four bore holes they are drilling more than 1,000 feet in the ground to try to ventilate some of that methane gas and carbon monoxide out, whether that's been successful. it will take the rescue teams, once they determine it's safe, four to five hours to reach an area 20 feet wide and barely tall enough to stand in, that's where they believe with 90% certainty these four miners are trapped. they are hopeful, of course, for a miracle, hoping they are alive. as the governor said yesterday, the odds are long. we heard yesterday from family members who are grief-stricken. why? there are still 18 unidentified bodies inside the mine. then, of course, those four who are still missing. so, the families in some ways are hoping that one of their loved ones is one of the ones that's still missing and could, just could be alive. that's how you imagine
in nbc's norah o'donnell. she's live near the mine in naoma, west virginia. we heard the governor also mention possibly a seismic test somewhere around 11:30. what do you know about that test and what are they going to do? >> on the surface of the mine they will set off three shots or three small explosions. it is called a seismic test. the idea is it will send a signal deep into the mine. if those four missing miners are alive, they are trained to tap 10 times so they could hear them back up at the top of the mine. that would be a signal those miners are, in fact, still alive. we should note, they did not do a seismic test. but when they got that first bore hole through at 4:15 in the morning, got down 1,090 feet, better, faster than expected, they did not have any signs of life. officials say, look, there's still a sliver of hope we didn't hear or couldn't hear their banging or whatever it may be. they are hopeful, there's a sliver of hope they could find those four missing miners alive, even though, of course, the governor admits it was a horrific blast that happened more than 24 ho
, and we're still praying for that miracle. >> all right. let's go now to nbc's norah o'donnell who is in montcoal, west virginia. she's been covering the story. norah, and good, we have your live shot up. any late information on the fate of the four? >> reporter: only that the news has gotten more grim overnight. a federal safety official saying the situation is dire. some of the rescuers had tried to go after those other four missing miners who are believed to be more than 1,000 feet under. but, of course, the rising methane gas levels made it very, very dangerous for them. so they decided to call off the search. they had hoped that some of those missing four miners had reached these air-tight chambers that are stocked with food and oxygen where they can survive for four hours. they made it to one of those air-tight chambers. nobody was there. they couldn't make it to the second air-tight chamber because, again, those rising methane gas levels just made it very, very dangerous. so they're saying the situation is dire. mika, i couldn't hear everything about the governor was saying.
. thank god from washington, d.c., we have norah o'donnell. >> i was about to leave. >> missing that men's club up there. >> she's smart to be in d.c. >> kind of like walking into the steam room in congress. it's an ugly sight. you're lucky to be there. things we'll be peeling away this morning other than steam club stories is a question of whether scott brown snubbed palin and the tea partiers up in boston. they're having this party. barnicle, i know you're going to be the headliner up there. tea partiers up in boston commons. scott brown won't be there. also, barack obama, did he snub hillary clinton regarding the supreme court? also, tbs, willie geist, is taking the late-night host who was snubbed by nbc, conan. is that a surprise? >> the word on the street is that it was fox. i guess fox wasn't willing to shell out the kind of money conan wanted. he'll be on at 11:00 at night. as we saw in the clip, presumably going after the same demo, i think it's a good move for conan because the nature of his show, the one he had at 12:35 that people liked, he can sort of duplicate that on cable
," david gregory and norah o'donnell join the conversation. all that and more when "morning joe" comes right back. >>> we'll presently sink in on people that, you know, shooting three-point shots may be clever but it doesn't put anybody to work. what we need is a president, not an athlete. we need somebody who actually focuses on getting people back to work. >> okay, that was newt gingrich. good morning, 7:00 on the east coast. with us on set for "morning joe," msnbc contributor pat buchanan, "the washington post's" jonathan capehart. i called norah o'donnell, woke her up, got her out of bed and said, we need a woman here, please help me out. she joins us now. and you are, frank. >> we feel, we all feel, pat, jonathan, myself, like two, three car wrecks in a mercedes showroom. >> wow. >> that's nice. >> barnicle's so charming. >> did we just talk about what newt gingrich just said? >> we have all that but willie geist standing by in augusta. willie, you report last hour about john daly, frankly, depressed me. >> oh. >> why? he's okay. he's selling a lot of measured, his own reality sho
obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> msnbc's chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell is covering the summit. i'll use a former washington seek we've used. what are the deliverables supposed to come out of this summit, norah? >> well, they are hoping not for some sort of gauzy vague statement but a communique that will spell out exactly how they can secure some of these loose nukes over the next four years. the white house is calling this an unprecedented meeting, a global summit to rally collective action behind securing some of these loose nukes. we're talking about 40 countries that have nuclear weapons or materials. highly enriched uranium and plutonium that will sam nunn says could make 100,000 atom bombs. you really heard the president there yesterday say how concerned he was that al qaeda was trying to secure a fugue yar weapon that could wreak havoc. that's the president's goal. he's got a series of meetings in order to get this done. to your point, savannah, while the goals of this summit are lofty, they are limited because the goal is to put toothing this communique about securing
hu jintao. norah o'donnell joins us live. this announcement regarding the summit has not officially started and already big headlines coming out. >> reporter: there are big headlines. i just came from a white house briefing over here with the president's press secretary robert gibbs and john brennan and they're making this announcement. the ukraine is willing to get rid of its stockpiles of highly enriched uraniuim which they say is enough to construct several nuclear weapons. they want this global summit to be about rallying collective action according to white house aides. that's one step with the ukraine. they hope to have a communique at the end of the two-day summit where more than 40 nations will agree to help secure loose nukes. john brennan, the president's counterterrorism adviser, also just saying it is al qaeda's ultimate and most prized goal to get its hands on nuclear weapons. that's why the president promised last year he was going to try and do this. this is a very dramatic undertaking for this president. this is actually the largest gathering of world leaders by the
hunter. oprah winfrey grilling her on the talk show. norah o'donnell joins us with more. how did she handle the grilling. >> reporter: it was interesting. rielle hunter said she was going on oprah to talk about john edwards quote unquote life of integrity. you know john and elizabeth edwards are separated. rielle hunter strongly denies she broke up their marriage. >> bought into the myth of the marriage. the edwards marriage as being a storybook story. and it was so perfect and so wonderful. and i destroyed it. >> reporter: rielle hunter said it was not her fault that the edwards' marriage fell apart. >> people aren't property. you can't steal someone else's husband. >> reporter: last year in an interview, elizabeth said she seduced her husband. >> i blame john. but women need to have more respect for other women. >> reporter: hunter claimed she and john edwards were drawn together like a magnetic force at a chance meeting in new york. >> he was just so excited, just lit up like a christmas tree. white lights, just like bright as can be, and i just turned to him and said, you're so h
and the king of jordan. msnbc chief washington correspondent norah o'donnell is at the convention center now in washington. so this is all going on at the same time. the president is meeting with these leaders while the big nuclear summit is happening. is there any progress so far? >> reporter: there is. i was just at a white house briefing and the white house announcing the country of ukraine is willing to give up its highly enriched uraniuim and that they are going to -- they have not decided what to do with it but this is a big step for this white house. at the end of this summit they'll have all the countries sign onto a communique where they would agree to try and secure these loose nukes. that's the goal. the president said yesterday, the biggest threat to u.s. national security are these loose nukes. the president's top counterterrorism adviser just briefed us, telling us that it is al qaeda's goal and it is their ultimate and most prized goal to get their hands on one of these loose nukes so that's the huge concern here. this is a summit to sort of rally collective action in the word
. people aren't property. you can't steal someone else's husband. >> wow, norah o'donnell is msnbc cheer washington correspondent. this was a huge political situation for the last two presidential campaigns. what do we, what are we getting out of this, the ability of a candidate to hood his private life almost to the point of showing off something that totally doesn't exist? >> no doubt. and to self-destruct. carrying on an extramarital affair while he's running for president and this is truly a remarkable interview that oprah conducted with rielle hunter. it was the first time she's done a television interview. you can hear that she thinks she shares no blame for the breakup of the edwards' marriage. john edwards and elizabeth edwards are now separated, likely on their way to divorcing after more than 30 years of marriage. and yet, rielle hunter says, that there was this magnetic force that drew her and john edwards together. that when she met john edwards, first saw him, they looked across, a chance meeting at a hotel, saw one another. and then she went up to him and said, you're so ho
. >> this is all under investigation at this point, but our own norah o'donnell said this mine was identified as a, quote, gassy mine because of the methane build-up. then you have at least over the past month a citation for poor ventilation. are we not to assume that there are some problems there? >> well, of course, there's problems. all underground bituminous coal mines by definition are gassy. what we are possibly seeing is that msha shows that this mine is operating under difficult conditions. so they probably have had a lot of inspectors in there who have -- of course, any time you have good inspectors, and these are really good inspectors, they're going to find some problems. but i got to tell you, this is a dn an anomaly. to have this huge of an explosion with this loss of life in an american mine, obviously there was a big failure somewhere. this is not a normal thing to happen. whatever did happen, we've got to ferret it out and see it never happens again. >> we want to tell our audience that -- >> never count a coal miner out. if they were alive after the initial blast, there's a good c
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at a washington, d.c. school stunned last week by tragedy. nbc's norah o'donnell has more. norah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. students here are devastated and mourning the loss of their beloved principal. brian betts was 42 years old and hailed as a hero in the d.c. public school system. >> all right, folks. 8:35. let's start to move in, please. >> reporter: he was a principal who changed children's lives. >> i used to get into a lot of fights and be very negative. >> reporter: what changed? >> what changed that? >> mr. betts. >> reporter: his message to kids was simple as he told tom brokaw last year. >> if you come to this school and do what we're instructing you to do, you can pick whatever path you want in your life. >> reporter: hand picked to transform the under-performing middle school at garnett patterson. thursday, he was found shot to death inside her silver spring, maryland, home. >> a senseless tragedy that is just a tremendous loss. >> reporter: in a strange twist, betts' house has a separate tragic history. in 2002, a father and his 9-year-old daughter were
's loss. nbc's norah o'donnell joins us live from washington, d.c. norah, what did mr. betts sister have to say? >> his sister tells me the family is devastated. he had lots of friends and to her, it's unfathomable that anyone would want to kill him. >> do they understand what they have taken away from not just my family but the community. >> jennifer lost her older brother, but she says his students lost much more. >> they didn't take him away from just his knees, they took h -- from his nieces but hundreds of children. >> he was handpicked to transform the middle school, and it was working. >> he knew if a kid needed a firm hand or a hug. >> police tell nbc news they are now looking closely at his computer and cell phone records. >> we have a protocol and this the process we're going forward w we're getting closer. >> what's your worst fear? >> my worst fear has already happened. there's nothing that could be worse than that. >> reporter: investigators are also searching for two men seen abandoning betts' suv in washington. >> we need to find them, talk with them, and determine what th
's norah o'donnell's at the white house with the numbers. norah, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning, matt. the president and first lady made a lot of money last year. in fact, more than any recent president while in office in history. they banked $3 million more than last year, and they gave generously to charity. president obama has the most powerful job in the world, but it's the books he's written and sold that have made him a very wealthy man. in fact, the obamas reported $5.5 million in income for 2009, and paid nearly $1.8 million in federal taxes. >> barack obama's made a lot of money for a sitting president. according to his tax return, more than $5 million. that's a lot more than either george w. bush or bill clinton. >> reporter: almost all of the president's paycheck comes from more than a huge $5 million in sales of obama's two best-selling books. "the audacity of hope" and "dreams from my father," a story of race and inheritance. >> i can recall only one story that dealt explicitly with the subject of race. >> reporter: the white house posted all 65 pages
his killer? nbc's norah o'donnell has the very latest. >> reporter: good morning, meredith. nbc news has learned that police are now looking very closely at brian betts' computer and cell phone records trying to figure out who murdered this star middle school principal. returning to shaw middle school for the first time since their beloved principal was killed, students are still coping with the loss of their hero. >> mr. betts was something like a father to me. >> reporter: he was known nationwide for turning around this troubled school. and at the very spot where he greeted his students every morning, now a memorial, a chilling reminder of the school's huge loss. >> personally, he was my own mentor, my second year, and he hired me and he led me through my first couple years. can't imagine the school without him. >> reporter: as betts' friends and colleagues greefd, investigators are now zeroing in on a killer. >> from the beginning investigators have had a feeling that this was not a case of random act. >> reporter: why is that? >> because the front door was unlocked. there was no
's sister is speaking out about the impact of this crime. nbc's norah o'donnell joins with us more on this story. norah, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. brian betts was a hero to his students and a role model as a principal. his sister tells me her family is devastated. she said her brother had lots of friends and it is unfathomable that anyone would want to kill him. >> do they understand what they've taken away from not just my family but from the community. >> reporter: jennifer lost her older brother, but she says his students lost much more. >> they took him away from hundreds of children, not just his nieces. >> reporter: brian betts was hand-picked by d.c. public school chief michelle reed to transform shaw middle school. and it was working. >> he knows the kids needed a firm hand or a hug. >> reporter: police tell nbc news they are now looking closely at his computer and cell phone records. >> we have a protocol and this is the process we're going forward with. we're getting closer. >> what's your worst fear? >> my worst fear's already happened. there's nothing tha
not seem to express remorse for her relationship. norah o'donnell a correspondent. people are reacting to the story in a lot of ways, quite honestly? >> yeah, she wanted to speak out to oprah because she wanted to praise john edwards' live of integri integrity. rielle hunter uses the interview to strongly deny that she broke up their marriage. >> a lot of people bought into the myth of the marriage, the edwards' marriage, as being a story bookstory and it was so perfect and wonderful, and i destroyed it. >> reporter: rielle hunter says it's not her fault the marriage fell apart. last year in an interview with oprah, elizabeth edwards said hunter seduced her husband. >> i blame john, but of course, women need to have more respect for other women. >> reporter: hunter claim she and edwards were drawn together like a magnetic force at a chance meeting in new york. >> he was just so excited. just lit up like a christmas tree. white lights, and just as bright as can be. and i turned to him and said you are so hot. and edwards later invited hunter to his hotel room. >> did you stay the night?
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're so hot and he practically jumped in my arms. >> norah o'donnell joins me now. definitely not wearing the scarlet a. >> no, she says she is not a home wrecker. that she is not a gold digger. and in fact, she said that she went on the oprah because she wanted to talk about johnny edwards' life of integrity. she calls him johnny edwards. she is really in many ways, unremorseful about the affair. it started over four years ago and that description about john edwards lighting up like a christmas tree, she goes on to describe how that night, john edwards invited her to his hotel room. she would not answer oprah when she asked if she stayed the night in the hotel room. >> so much terribmaterial and s little time. >> that's it? >> yes. sorry. >>> that wraps up my hour for me. got to cut off norah. an hour goes by so fast. time flies when you're having fun. i'll see you back here next week. up next, "andrea mitchell reports." "meet the press" moderator, david gregory, joins andrea to talk about the impact the oil spill could have on president obama. we know why we're here. to chart a greener
's norah o'donnell is live near the site of the mine tragedy. let's first talk about these families. we know that several lives have been lost. when you hear them, this is a part of who they are. they're waiting to just get positive id on family members who could be dead. >> reporter: that's right. family members are very frustrated and angry because they're not getting the information that they need from the mine. in fact, we were just a short time ago, we saw some friends and family members just sort of wandering around here, dazed. this is actually the media site. we're set up at an elementary school here just a couple miles down from the mine. they thought maybe they could come here and get information. but, no. this is just where the governor was giving his particular briefing. so many people are angry with massey energy because they've not gotten the information they needed. the governor tells me it was such a massive explosion, he used the word horrific explosion, that caused that damage, killed 25 people. another four missing, of course, inside that mine. he said it was so horri
. >> norah o'donnell, health care debated, illegal immigration, wall street reform. there's not the political will right here for the president to invest in the middle east, is there? >> probably not. the white house arg gus the president can do many things at once. mahmoud abbas is headed to the white house very soon. the president has a one-on-one with him. the president has to look like he's doing something on the middle east peace process. sure, domestically he has a lot on his plate. that's what voters are focused on here. >> this election obviously coming up this fall, 2010, it is going to be all about domestic policies, unless something dramatic happens. the president gets no points politically at home, does he, for fighting to bring these two sides together? >> no, that's clearly what he needs the emphasis to be. yesterday in the house john boehner formed a team, and no question the economy will be the big issue but republicans see vulnerability in the president, israel is a big issue for them, and i wouldn't be surprised if in some races national security -- the republicans do try to
missing miners alive. norah o'donnell is in west virginia. we've had great success four years ago with the last mine disaster where there was a survivor. let's talk about your work done there. you've been there all night and talked to the governor. what hope do they really have? >> well, the governor told me there are long odds that those four missing miners are still alive and the governor just said that it was such a horrific explosion that some of the rails on the cars that bring the miners out of that shaft, were twisted like pretzels, so clearly, he was very moved by this and has been spending time with the families. 25 dead now in this accident. what he's also describing now is this search that has been suspended. can you imagine being a family member and not knowing where one of your family m
. here with us so discuss is norah o'donnell. >> we watched this together. it was must-see tv. she is unapologetic, is not a home wrecker, a gold digger. she says they were drawn together like a magnetic force when they met outside a hotel in new york and she was invited to his hotel room that night. she would not tell oprah whether she spent the night that night. >> this is what she said about their first meeting. >> home wrecker. >> absolutely not. i don't -- it is not my experience that a third party wrecks a home. i believe the problems exist before a third party comes into the picture. >> so you don't think you wrecked his home? >> i do not believe i wrecked his home. >> this is about she had to say about john edwards's marriage. we knew the story of elizabeth edwards and her cancer. this is rielle hunter on the subject. >> she says people bought into the myth of the marriage, that it was a storybook story, in her words, that there was a lot of stuff going on. she was trying to help edwards find his true self in many ways. she said that's why she went on oprah because she want
to death, leaving the people who love him to figure out why. norah o'donnell has more. >> i was actually at the school the past two days and the students are devastated. they are mourning the loss of their beloved principal. he was just 42 years old and hailed as a hero in the d.c. public school system. >> folks, 8:35, let's start to move in, please. >> reporter: he was a principal who changed children's lives. >> i used to get into a lot of fights and be very negative. >> reporter: so, what changed? >> mr. betts. >> reporter: his message to kids was simple. >> if you come to this school and do what it is we're instructing you to do, you can pick whatever path you want in your life. >> reporter: hand-picked by michelle reid to transform the under performing school at garnet patterson, but on thursday, betts was found shot to death inside his silver spring, maryland home. >> it's a senseless tragedy. just a tremendous loss. >> reporter: his house has a separate, tragic history. in 2002, a father and his daughter were brutally murdered in the same house by an intruder who is now behind bar
. norah o'donnell is the chief correspondent. this is a timing thing or a link between the scandal? >> a palin adviser says it's, quote, unrelated and totally separate from the up roar about this gathering at this sex themed bondage club. at 8:41 p.m. last night the rnc was contacted by representatives of former governor sarah pail lynn, and she was asked that her name be removed as a quote-unquote invited speaker to this event coming up, the southern republican leadership committee. so they're going to do that. palin's advisers say it's because she's not speaking at this fund-raiser and they want is removed. it came late last night in the evening after this big fund-raise fund-raisers. palin's advisers say it's totally unrelated. it's focusing attention on the story, that the rnc wishes would go away. there was news yesterday that tony perkins, who is head of the family research group, is now urging his members not to donate to the rnc. we see a number of people, big republican donors who have decided they're going to funnel more of their money toward other republican organization
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